Measuring just over 106 inches from tip to tail, and a shade under 62 inches tall and wide, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is small enough to occupy the smallest of spaces. And it's the only EV available with a convertible top. However, the 2018 model offers just 58 miles of driving range on a single charge.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 26, 2013

Buying Peace of Mind With Smart's $80 a Month Battery Rental

Smart's battery rental program has proved wildly popular in Europe. In the U.S., it will drop the Smart Electric Drive's purchase price to $20,650, before the federal tax credit.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
June 07, 2013

First Drive: 2013 Electric Smart ForTwo Vastly Improved from Previous Versions

Mercedes-Benz is the first to admit that the first and second generation of all-electric Smart ForTwos—built as prototypes rather than mass-produced models—were not up to par. So Mercedes Benz went back to the drawing board for its third-generation Smart ForTwo ED. With a new motor, battery pack, and power electronics, the 2013 Smart ForTwo ED is the small electric car Mercedes-Benz should have made in the first place.

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By Jack Collins ·
January 25, 2013

Spring Smart Electrics, San Francisco MTA slows Car2Go

In San Francisco, the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) had talked with the car sharing company Car2Go about operating the Smart Car service in the city, but the MTA had concerns over parking issues the company required.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
September 17, 2012

Smart ForStars Concept Is Electric-Powered Mobile Drive-in

The Smart ForStars Concept is ready to make a statement at this year’s Paris Auto Show and, in case no one is listening, the two-passenger EV has a built-in move projector mounted in its nose to drive the point home.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
July 18, 2012

Test Drive: Smart Finally Gets It Right with Latest Electric Car

The latest news from German automakers regarding EVs have not been very exciting. Some people even question their commitment to electric mobility. But after driving the latest electric Smart and meeting the people behind it, there's no doubt. It's real, and that the manufacturer is very serious about it.

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By Nick Chambers ·
January 27, 2011

Smart USA Delivers First ForTwo Electric Car—Also Available as a Convertible

Chalk up another first delivery for an electric car manufacturer in the U.S.—smart USA has delivered the first of 250 nationwide pilot program electric vehicle leases, leading up to a full launch in 2012. The vehicle, a purpose-built electric smart ForTwo—also known as the smart ED—comes in both a hard top and cabriolet configuration, making it the first average consumer-targeted electric convertible on the U.S. market

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By Brad Berman ·
August 20, 2009

Germany Spurs Its Automakers to Produce Electric Cars

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition parties pledged this week to spend more than $700 million by 2011 on developing electric vehicles, as it tries to put 1 million electric vehicles on German roads by 2020. The preliminary plan, still short on details, is already meeting resistance for not going far enough.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 14, 2009

Detroit Auto Show: Hybrid & Electric Report Card

There wasn’t a V8 to be heard, full-size SUVs were banished from sight—at least for media days—and the words “electric car” and “hybrid vehicle” were on every carmaker’s video screen. We previewed the show a few days ago; now we'll recap the results, breaking down the top green vehicles into three categories: Expect It, Doubt It, and Forget It.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 10, 2008

Smart ED Moves to Next Generation

The newest version of the electric Smart, set for demonstration projects in the US and Germany, will use lithium ion batteries that should give the car close to 100 miles of range.

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